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Recipe #1 – Plantain Crusted Chicken

“Everyday Dining with Wine”

Read about this ongoing cookbook challenge here

Ingredients:
Plantain chips or unsweetened banana chips
dry mustard / dried thyme / allspice / ground cloves / kosher salt / ground black pepper
egg
hot sauce
all-purpose flour
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
vegetable oil
lime

Wine recommendations: California Central Coast Chardonnay
Lockwood, Morgan, Estancia, Bryon, Calera, Au Bon Climat

Picked up a chardonnay from Edna Valley

My Review:
The crust part got a bit overcooked and the chicken almost wasn’t cooked all the way through. I was able to finish cooking the chicken but worried that the crust wouldn’t taste good. Not a absolute favorite but it was a different tasty way to eat chicken.

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#1313 – Eat One Raisinet at a Time

image (1)I wasn’t sure why this would be a bucket list item. But when I got a box of raisinets and opened them, I understood. Shaking out into my hand, I had a whole bunch and I just wanted to throw them into my mouth. It takes patience and control to just pick up one little chocolate covered raisin and put in the mouth. I solved this by putting them into a bowl and leaving it on the kitchen counter. Whenever I go by it, I pick one raisinet up and eat it. Doing it this way is taking a lot longer to finish the box but it’s kind of fun.

How would you get yourself to eat one piece of candy at a time when you would rather throw a mouthful in?

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#529 – Eat a Hot Tamale

This could be for eating the candy ~ Hot tamales

 

or for eating the dish. By definition a tamale is “A Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks”

tamaleI’ve enjoyed hot tamales wrapped in corn husks several times from the grocery store. In 2012, I was coming home from a trip and had a layover at an airport in El Salvador. While there I had my first experience of eating a tamale that had been wrapped in grape leaves. It didn’t taste all that different.

 

What are some different ways you have received and eaten a hot tamale?

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#256 – Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma County, California

The first time went wine tasting in Sonoma County I think was in 2009. My family rented a house in the Russian River area for the weekend. This was a lot of fun because a number of them had been living in other parts of the country and so it was a big family gathering. While visiting, I went with one of my cousins and his girlfriend (at the time) to a few wineries.P1010199The only one I know is Hop Kiln because I got the name in a photo. There were two other places that were beautiful and had tasting rooms outside, but I’ve forgotten their names. Guess I’m just going to have to go back to match the photo to the place and re-taste the wine.P1010203What is neat about Hop Kiln is that the tasting room is in a California registered landmark.

This structure served the important hop industry of California’s north coast region, once the major hop-growing area in the west. Built in 1905 by a crew of Italian stonemasons, it represents the finest existing example of its type. The building consists of three stone kilns for drying hops and an attached wooden cooling barn with a two-story press for baling hops.

I definitely want to go back and explore more and taste more of the wineries. I would say that Sonoma, especially the Russian River area, is more pretty then Napa. But I would bet the prices for tastings are about the same.

Have you been to wineries in Sonoma, Russian River, or Napa? How was your experience?

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#975 – Eat only the green M&M’s

I recently opened a bag of peanut m&m’s thinking I could cross this off. There was only 1 green one in the regular snack sized bag. I could have eaten that one and call it good but JUST 1? I was thinking I was going to have to get a big bag because there are not many green m&m’s each bag.

I was browsing Target around Christmas and saw they had the Christmas themed candies out. They would have to have some that had more then your average number of green ones in a bag. They had them. Then I went by the regular candy aisle to get Raisinets for another “bucket” list item. I took a glance at the m&m’s there and my feet stopped in their tracks. There was a bag that was JUST GREEN m&m’s. It was like the m&m gods heard my prayer and knew I had this item to cross off. This way I wasn’t going to waste any of the other colored m&m’s. I was super happy, and felt like dancing. Luckily I resisted because I am sure people would not understand.

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Cheers to the GREEN m&m’s!

Do you have a favorite m&m color? 

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#820 – Drink the Milk From a Coconut With a Straw

My sister is currently living in Hawaii so it is a tad more than just visiting her when I go. It’s very much a vacation in paradise. There are tons of “bucket” list adventures to cross off when on a tropical island. This was one from the book.

I had visited my sister in 2011 as a birthday vacation. We did quite a few items, like my first time stand-up paddling. While we were out on the beach, one of her co-workers went and chopped down a few coconuts from trees nearby. Then they cut into the coconuts so I could drink from it. (I had mentioned this being a checklist item to my sister, so she asked him to get them as a birthday treat).coconut 2 There were no straws, but you can’t beat having it fresh right? After we drank the juice (which was more like water then milk), they cut more of the coconut (which took a lot more chopping than I would have thought) and we dug out the meat. I’m not a fan of coconut, but it was fun to eat it still in the shell and so fresh.coconut 1Maybe, I’ll go buy one at the store (or better yet, have another opportunity in Hawaii like this) and use a straw. In the meantime, I’m counting this as mission accomplished.

Have you had any coconut related experiences?

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Make all Recipes from a Cookbook

I saw this bucket list item on other people’s lists/journals and thought it a wonderful idea. The book I would like to make food dishes from is a little different from your normal cookbook. The title might give you a hint, “Everyday Dining with Wine” by Andrea Immer. She is an author of another book I have, “Great Wine Made Simple”. I was given that book when I really started getting into wines and wanted to know more.

The recipes are in chapters separated by the different types of wines rather than types of dishes. I have only glanced through the book before and love how it helps teach you about pairing wines with different types of foods and uses these recipes as examples.

Cookbook challenge

My goal for this bucket list item will be to make the 125 dishes that are in this book. I’ll let you know the progress as I go and if there are any outstanding ones you should give a taste test to.

On the jacket it describes the cookbook to be “with minimum fuss and at minimal cost. Her food and wine matches are guaranteed to make even weeknight meals special occasions.”

List of Recipes I’ve Made (1/125):

Recipe #1 – Plantain Crusted Chicken

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DDD: Twisted Root Burger Co.

Do you know the show on Food Network, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (DDD)?

600x600bb-85With roadside diners, vintage drive-ins and out-of-the-way “dives” enjoying a resurgence of hipness among foodies, host Guy Fieri travels across America in search of some of the best “greasy spoon” eateries. The restaurants that Guy visits are usually well-known among locals and other people in the region. While at each location, Fieri talks to the staff as well as the customers to get their thoughts on the food. Many episodes feature eateries that are connected by a common thread, such as burgers or comfort foods.

I’ve started taking a look at places in my hometown and when I travel to that has been featured on this show. It would be fun to go to these locations and check them out.

My first official check at one of these places came about accidentally.  While visiting my friend in Dallas, Texas we tried looking up places on DDD and found a few bbq/steakhouses and mexican places. These just weren’t grabbing our attention to try.

The last day I was there, we did an online scavenger hunt in Deep Elm. It is an area of town getting revitalized with artwork and new restaurants.  We were having fun hunting and learning about some of the spots and artwork but then my friend’s phone died. (that app uses up a lot of battery life). We headed back to the car, and across the way was this place, Twisted Root Burger Co. On one of the windows, it advertised twisted root beer floats. We figured that meant an adult (alcohol) root beer. so we go in to get a treat before I headed to the airport.

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It’s one of those fun, funky places. I got an adult milkshake of Creme De Menthe & Chocolate chips. My friend got the root beer float. It didn’t have alcohol, but it did have caffeine.  We split an order of fried pickles.  Their burgers and other foods sounded good. Instead of order numbers, they gave out celebrity or fictional names to call out. It was funny hearing them for people to pick up the food.

I saw next to the counter was a poster of Guy and asked if this was a place that he visited on DDD. They said, yup. So, to start marking off locations, I took a photo with the poster.

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Checked off, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: 1 out of over 800

Have you been to a DDD location based off seeing it on that show? Have you met Guy Fieri?

This location was featured on Season 6 – Episode 4 TRIPLE D

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Check List for Diners, Drive-In, and Dives

600x600bb-85With roadside diners, vintage drive-ins and out-of-the-way “dives” enjoying a resurgence of hipness among foodies, host Guy Fieri travels across America in search of some of the best “greasy spoon” eateries. The restaurants that Guy visits are usually well-known among locals and other people in the region. While at each location, Fieri talks to the staff as well as the customers to get their thoughts on the food. Many episodes feature eateries that are connected by a common thread, such as burgers or comfort foods.

I’ve started taking a look at places in my hometown and when I travel to that has been featured on this show. It would be fun to go to these locations and check them out. And to mark them off, I have to make sure to get a photo of the poster or something showing the place was featured on the show.

Checked off, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: 1 out of over 800

Have you been to a DDD location based off seeing it on that show? Have you met Guy Fieri?